Obituaries: Douglas, Schneider, Haynor, von Gal

Albert R. Douglas (1920 – 2013)

ALBANY—Albert R. Douglas, U.S. Navy (Ret) and Harvard Class of ’42, died July 27, 2013.

He served in World War II, which included piloting torpedo bombers from the escort carrier U.S.S. Savo Island.  While flying reconnaissance at U.S. landings at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, he discovered a major Japanese fleet trying to sneak up on the landings.

The major U.S. fleet had been lured well to the north to attack the major Japanese ships not realizing that the Japanese carrier planes had all been destroyed. That left the U.S. escort carriers at Leyte to fight off the unexpected Japanese fleet by themselves. It is a dramatic and successful episode in U.S. Naval history.  After having discovered the Japanese fleet, Mr. Douglas made it back to his carrier with all of his crew. Later at Leyte he was on a mission over Cebu Island when his plane was severely shot up, including its steering control.  He was able to nurse the 50-foot plane back to the carrier safely with all three crew members. Mr. Douglas said he was most concerned the plane would catch fire. The plane was so badly riddled with bullet holes that it was promptly thrown overboard. For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Mr. Douglas was born September 23, 1920 to Major Richard and Madeleine Dabo Douglas.

He graduated from the Kent School in Connecticut in 1938 and from Harvard with a BA degree in 1942. He then enlisted in the Navy and underwent flight training as a carrier pilot in Florida, and then on a training deck built for the Navy into Lake Michigan near Chicago.

After the war he remained in the Navy for a time, flying virtually every kind of propeller plane in the Navy while ferrying VIPs.

After leaving the Navy he worked as a stock broker and investment advisor with E.F. Hutton, among others. He continued this work until his death. Most recently he has been affiliated with A.J. Weed & Co. and R.M Stark & Co.

He and his wife Celeste Murray Bartlett Douglas, known to family and friends as Murray, lived in Manhattan with a second home in Old Chatham. They were married June 14, 1963. Mrs. Douglas was the chief designer and part owner of the famous fabric and wallpaper house of Brunschwig et Fils. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas were active in The Shaker Museum & Library, where Mrs. Douglas was a longtime board member, and the Old Chatham Hunt Club.  Mr. Douglas was a 68-year member of the Harvard Club of New York.

He is survived by his wife, Murray Douglas, and his step-son Francis Russel Lyons of Seattle; his brother-in-law, Keith Lockhart of San Rafael, California; nephews, Frank Lockhart of Olympia, Washington and Douglas Lockhart of Napa, California.

His sister Jean Lockhart, MD, died in 2011.

A time for family and friends to share memories of Mr. Douglas’ life will be held August 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Douglas’ house, the School House, at the corner of County Route 13 and Ford Road in Old Chatham. Interment of his ashes will take place at a future date.In lieu of flowers, send a donation to the Kent School Alumni & Development Office, P.O. Box 2006, Kent, Connecticut 06757 in memory of Albert R. Douglas, Class of ‘38.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham.

Joseph Peter Schneider (1932 – 2013)

VALATIE—Joseph Peter Schneider of Valatie died peacefully in his sleep, August 5, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born January 27, 1932 in New York City to Helen Burns Schneider and Peter Joseph Schneider.

He grew up in New York City at 65 Amsterdam Avenue. He was a lifetime member of the Plumber’s Union which he joined as a young man. Mr. Schneider married Penny Bergau in 1953; they would have been married 60 years October 25 of this year. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958, most of that time in postwar Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Schneider moved to Mahopac in 1966, where they raised three beautiful children.

After retiring from Guideposts, Mr. Schneider and his wife moved to Valatie in 2004 to be closer to their grandchildren.

Mr. Schneider enjoyed gardening, communing with the birds and watching baseball with his wife. His wit and charm impressed anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.

Mr. Schneider was predeceased by his both his parents; his brother, Francis Schneider and his sister, Barbara Schneider DeMasi.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary Penny Schneider; his sons, Christopher and Steven (Helen); his daughter, Susan Snow and grandchildren, Helen Rose, Mary, Ethan, Remi Schneider and Aurelia Snow.

Mr. Schneider’s strong personality and character impacted the lives of all who loved him. He will be missed by his family and friends.

There will be no calling hours.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Arrangements were with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Nancy Ann Haynor (1942 – 2013)

SMYRNA, TN—Nancy A. Haynor, 70, of Smyrna, TN, died Friday, July 26, 2013.

Born September 2, 1942, she was a native of Troy, the daughter of the late George and Helen K. Sorenson Cox. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Haynor; daughters, Shelley Powell, Stephanie Haynor, Lisa Haynor and brother, Frank W. Cox.

She is survived by: her children, Michael R Haynor, Tiffany Haynor and Colleen Hielscher all of Smyrna, TN; brothers, George R. Cox of Niverville and Michael J. Cox of Chatham; sister, Sharon Cox Hall of Stuyvesant; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, August 9, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond, Funeral Home, Valatie.

A funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Valatie.

Lizette von Gal (1920 – 2013)

PITTSFIELD, MA—Lizette Grace Jung Borer von Gal was born in Brooklyn, March 17, 1920. For many years she believed the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was for her.

On Monday, July 29, she passed away peacefully and contented knowing she lived her life every day to the fullest.

Wife to the late Harold Wilbur Borer and Donald Reed von Gal, she is survived by: six children, Darcy Fulton, Lee Hoellman, Edwina von Gal, Jodie von Gal, Reed von Gal and Frederick von Gal; 12 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and a long list of nieces and nephews. Raised on Flatbush Avenue, she graduated from NYU having gone there on three sports scholarships. Her life spanned historically extraordinary times and she had her fingers in every part.

She was social, political, nature enthusiast, a supporter of the arts and above all loved her motherhood. She took on many as her “other children” and loved each in her uniquely spirited and enthusiastic way. There are thousands of stories generated by her life as she made a far reaching impression throughout her life.

Her extensive and prolific style left us breathless and inspired to be better people. Mrs. von Gal raised her children in Brewster, moved on to live and expand in Ancram, and then settled into a life she loved at Kimball Farms in Lenox, MA, where she found great friends, a stimulating environment and a caring home.

She wanted everyone to know that she loved her life and all who she had a chance to meet, love and work with. “ZZ” will be remembered.

Donations may be made to, a global vision founded by her daughter Edwina von Gal in memory of Lizette von Gal.





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